Falling Crime Rates in Phoenix
Anytime you move to a new city, it’s important to educate yourself on the area’s crime rates. This is helpful in deciding in what neighborhood you want to live, as well as providing a general knowledge of these trends in order to be aware of your surroundings. If you happen to be relocating to the Phoenix area, you’ll be happy to know, crime rates are falling. According to the Phoenix police department, in 2009 there was a total of 97,175 crimes in the city, which is down approximately 35,000 from 2003. While there was some drop in violent crimes, the most significant improvements in crime rates were in property crime. Violent crime includes homicide, sexual assault, robbery and aggravated assault, while property crime measures burglary, theft, auto theft, and arson. In 2003, 112,766 property crimes were committed, compared with the 76,724 property crimes of 2009. This represents a drop of about 46. The police department also keeps a detailed list of crimes by district and has interactive maps that show you hot spots for crime in the city. Based on total incidents of crime, District 2 and District 6 are two of the safest areas in the city.These dramatic drops in property crime are likely attributable to advancements in home security technology. The rapid response times of many new security systems not only deter burglars but allow for quick response in the event of a burglary. Smart phones have also facilitated easier access to and use of home security systems. Applications such as the ADT security app for the iPhone allow you to activate and deactivate your alarm system from your phone, no matter where you are. You can also sign up to receive emails or text messages alerting you to any unusual activity reported by your security system.